Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia recently revealed that actor Sanjay Dutt finished his dubbing work on the film Zanjeer in 2013, just a day before he was scheduled to begin his jail sentence. Despite collaborating on only two films, Sanjay and Apoorva share a strong bond. Apoorva commended Sanjay’s dedication to completing his work before his imprisonment. The actor even dubbed his lines at home for the Zanjeer remake, despite facing a sentence for illegal possession of arms related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
The Zanjeer remake marked the Bollywood debut of Telugu actor Ram Charan, who portrayed the character of ACP Vijay Khanna, originally played by Amitabh Bachchan. Sanjay Dutt took on the role of Sher Khan in the Hindi version, a character popularized by veteran actor Pran in the 1973 original film. Apoorva disclosed that Sanjay personally called him to express his desire to finish the dubbing for Zanjeer before heading to jail.
In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Apoorva shared, “Sanju sir is amazing. He was due to go to jail the next day, and he hadn’t completed the dubbing for Zanjeer. He called me and said, ‘Bro, I’m really sorry I haven’t done your dubbing. Come to my house tonight and do my dubbing’.”
He further added, “I went to his house, he cleared out the entire bar area, and I brought my technician. He dubbed for the entire film on his phone. And he was going to jail at 1 in the afternoon. That’s the kind of bond we have.”
The 2013 version of Zanjeer also featured Priyanka Chopra, Prakash Raj, Atul Kulkarni, and Mahie Gill. It was released in Telugu as Thoofan, with actor Srihari portraying the character of Sher Khan in the Telugu adaptation. Apoorva’s latest project is the web series Crackdown 2, currently available for streaming on Jio Cinema.
Sanjay Dutt was last seen as an antagonist in the 2022 film Shamshera, starring Ranbir Kapoor. He also has the Hindi film Ghudchadi lined up for release this year. Additionally, the actor is working on the Tamil film Leo, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and featuring Vijay. He is also set to reunite with his Munna Bhai MBBS co-star Arshad Warsi for an upcoming untitled film.
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